Manitoba's Business Investor Stream (BIS), formerly the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business, or MPNP-B, is designed to attract experienced business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start a business or establish a farm in Manitoba.

The BIS allows the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to recruit and nominate qualified international business investors and entrepreneurs who intend to and are capable of starting or purchasing a business in Manitoba or partnering in an existing one. 

Business immigration to Manitoba may allow you to live and work in Winnipeg, the provincial capital and largest city

The BIS consists of the following business immigration pathways:

Manitoba Business Immigration Options

The Entrepreneur Pathway is formerly known as the Manitoba Business Stream, or the MPNP-B, and is for applicants seeking to establish a business in Manitoba. The Farm Investor Pathway replaced the previous Farm Strategic Recruitment Initiative. 

As a result of the MPNP's renewal in 2017, the program launched an interim application process for applications accepted under the two BIS pathways dedicated to experienced entrepreneurs and farm business owners who can establish themselves in Manitoba. 

Both Manitoba BIS pathways operate on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply before they can apply to the program. Whether a prospective applicant is interested in applying as an Entrepreneur or Farm Investor, the submission of an EOI is preceded by a research visit to the province. 

The MPNP's interim process of completing online forms will end once the program's online application system is enhanced and ready to process applications through the system. 

Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway Interim Application Process

Step 1: Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway Self-Assessment

In this initial step, potential applicants must determine if they meet the minimum criteria for the Entrepreneur Pathway and complete a Self-Assessment Form. As part of the self-assessment, prospective applicants respond to questions about their profile, such as past education, business experience, and personal net worth. When completing the self-assessment form, prospective applicants obtain a score out of 150 based on their profile. 

The Manitoba Self-Assessment assigns points based on the following factors:

Age (Maximum 10 points)

Age Points
Under 25 0
25 to 30 4
31 to 35 6
36 to 45 10
46 8
47 6
48 4
49 2
over 50 0

Education (Maximum 10 points)

Prospective applicants to the Manitoba Entrepreneur Pathway must have an education level that is at least a Canadian high school certificate equivalent. Points for past education are as follows:

Education Points
Post-secondary degree or diploma (two-year program)
4
Post-secondary degree or diploma (three-year program or longer) 6
Master’s degree or equivalent 8
University degree at a Doctoral (PhD) level 10
None of the above  0


Business Experience (Maximum 30 points)

Business experience is an important eligibility factor under the MPNP Entrepreneur Pathway. Business experience must be senior management experience and business ownership experience to qualify for points under this factor. Applicants with middle or entry-level management experience or self-employed business ownership experience will not be awarded points. 

Senior Management Experience: An individual who has occupied a position in the highest levels of the management structure of a major business. In that position, the individual was responsible for the strategic policy development affecting a major component or a wide range of operations of that major business and has done so for at least three of the recent past five years prior to applying to the MPNP.

The applicant claiming Senior Management experience must demonstrate that he/she held a position with significant decision-making responsibilities involving a minimum of two of the following aspects of the business:

  • Distribution
  • Production/Operations/Project management
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources/Personnel
  • Research and Development
  • Information Technology management
  • Quality Control

In addition to the above, an applicant should also demonstrate that his/her level of income is comparable to the prevailing income level of senior managers of the major businesses in his/her country. The applicant has to clearly demonstrate this level of income through documents obtained from a third party source.

Business owner: As an entrepreneur, the applicant must be actively engaged on an ongoing basis in providing goods or services to consumers. The applicant must also take responsibility for the risk of a return for the capital investment in the established business.

An individual applying to the Entrepreneur pathway must:

  • Have a minimum three (3) years of business ownership and/or senior management experience in the past 5 years to be eligible to apply to the MPNP;
  • Have at least 33.33% ownership of the business (as a business owner);
  • Add non-concurrent business ownership experience and senior management experience to count the total years of experience; and
  • Claim only full years of experience and not round up his or her years of experience. 
Business owner Points
11 years or more as a business owner 30
7 to 10 years as a business owner 25
3 to 6 years as a business owner 20
Senior manager Points
7 years or more as a senior manager 10
3 to 6 years as a senior manager 5


Official Language Proficiency (Maximum 25 points)

Prospective Entrepreneur Pathway applicants will be required to provide results from a recognized language testing organization to demonstrate their language level is equal to a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 to be eligible to apply.

The MPNP will only accept language test results that are less than 2 years old from the following standardized language examinations:

Language level Points
CLB/NCLC 5 10
CLB/NCLC 6 15
CLB/NCLC 7 20
CLB/NCLC 8 or higher 25


Investment Factors (Maximum 50 points)

In order to be considered for the MPNP Entrepreneur Pathway, all potential applicants must demonstrate a minimum net worth of at least CAD $500,000.

Assets and liabilities owned by the potential applicant, a spouse or common-law partner and/or dependent children may be included in the self-assessment form when calculating total net worth. A maximum of 10 points will be awarded based on total net worth:

Net worth Points
$500,000 to $1 Million 5
Above $1 Million to $1.5 Million 6
Above $1.5 Million to $2 Million 7
Above $2 Million to $2.5 Million 8
Above $2.5 Million to $3 Million 9
Above $3 Million
10

An entrepreneur must present a minimum CAD $250,000 investment in the Manitoba Capital Region or $150,000 in rural Manitoba to be considered eligible to apply. A maximum 15 points may be awarded for business investment. 

Business investment

Points
$200,000 - $499,999
10
$500,000-$899,000
12
$900,000 or above
15
None of the above 0

Economic Priorities 

The MPNP will award an entrepreneur up to five (5) points for the economic priorities of the proposed business. Economic priorities are evaluated based on whether or not the business adds value to a product or service by utilizing Manitoba resources, such as materials, plant and machinery, labour and expertise.

The business will also be assessed on its performance in accordance with the business cycle for each particular industry sector and its ability to generate profit. The five (5) points for economic priorities will be awarded if the business meets the following conditions: 

  • the business is an export-oriented value-added active business with recurring activities in Manitoba, or
  • the business location or succession is outside the Manitoba Capital Region. 

Business Research Visit to Manitoba

Individuals interested in establishing a business in Manitoba will be awarded up to 20 points for their business research visit. The business visit is an integral part of the business plan and it allows the entrepreneur to conduct in-depth research of their future business investment or proposal.

The business visit must take place no more than one year before the Business plan is received by the MPNP. Business visit points are based on the following:

  • If the entrepreneur visited Manitoba for at least five consecutive days and conducted relevant business, he or she will be awarded 10 points; however;
  • If the entrepreneur completed an extended Business Research Visit to Manitoba (spent at least for 10 consecutive days in Manitoba and conducted extensive relevant business and lifestyle-related research during this visit), he or she will be awarded the maximum 20 points. 

Adaptability Factors (Maximum 25 points)

Points are awarded to entrepreneur applicants who demonstrate stronger ties to Manitoba, which may increase the probability of integration in the province.

A maximum of 25 points is awarded to applicants with close relatives in Manitoba, a spouse/common-law partner with language ability, and children studying in Manitoba. The table below outlines how points are awarded for adaptability:

Adaptability factor

Points
Applicant's spouse /common-law partner has CLB /NCLC 5 or above 10
Applicant's spouse /common-law partner has CLB /NCLC 5 or above in Canada’s Second Official Language 10
Applicant has a close relative currently residing in Manitoba for more than one year. The following are identified as close relatives: A sister/brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, parent, grandparent or first cousin who is also a Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada.
5
Applicant has a child enrolled in an accredited Manitoba educational institution at least six months prior to the date of submission of EOI and is actively pursuing academic, professional or vocational training on a full-time basis. 5

Applicant's accompanying spouse/common-law partner completed a program of full-time study for at least one year at a post-secondary educational institution in Manitoba. The applicant or his or her accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have done this after they have turned 18 years old and with a valid study permit; and/or

Applicant's accompanying spouse /common-law partner completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in Manitoba.

5

Step 2: Research the Business Concept and Explore Manitoba

The MPNP encourages entrepreneur applicants to visit Manitoba and attend business seminars held by the Business Consulting Unit (BCU) of the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division. The potential applicant is required to complete and submit a business concept before receiving an invitation to apply for the Entrepreneur Pathway. In the business concept form, the entrepreneur required to:

  • Describe the business opportunity identified in Manitoba
  • Describe the research that helped him or her identify the business as a viable opportunity
  • Describe how his or her background, training, and experience will help in developing this business opportunity.
  • Describe the intended investment and his or her financial position (i.e. plans for financing, availability of liquid assets, etc.)
  • Describe how the product and/or service will be marketed and identify the business's competitive advantage over other competitors
  • Outline critical resource requirements, such as locations, specialized equipment, the involvement of suppliers, distributors, key personnel and technology
  • Describe implementation timelines taking into consideration possibilities for early of relayed business establishment
  • Describe critical risk factors and explain risk management strategies to overcome these risks
  • Describe further research required to finalize the business plan; and
  • Describe in detail how the business will help contribute to Manitoba's economic growth with the number of jobs the business is expected to create and maintain the first year of operation. 

It is important to note that the submission of a business concept is not an application to the MPNP.

Step 3: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

With complete market research, the prospective Entrepreneur Pathway applicant must submit the following forms to the MPNP.

The MPNP will respond to EOIs by email and individuals who do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria of the Entrepreneur Pathway will not have their business concept reviewed. 

Step 4: Submit a Complete Application

If the entrepreneur meets the minimum criteria and the Business Concept is approved, the MPNP will send an official Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA). 

It is necessary to follow the application instructions and provide all the documents listed in the Document Checklist. The entrepreneur candidate will be required to verify net worth and source of funds with one of two designated third-party service providers (listed at the end of this page in the Immigrate Manitoba website). 

The candidate has 120 days from LAA receipt to submit a complete electronic application package to the MPNP, including a non-refundable application processing fee of CAD $2,500. The MPNP will not accept paper applications. A complete application package includes all documents in the checklist, a copy of the Third Party Verification Report, and an extensive Business Plan. 

Step 5: Application Assessment 

The application assessment may include an invitation for an in-person interview. Before a refusal is issued, the MPNP will send the applicant, whose assessment raises concerns, a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL). The PFL allows applicants to address the MPNP's concerns before an official refusal is issued.

As part of the approval process, the applicant will be asked to sign a Business Performance Agreement (BPA), which will serve as a contractual agreement between the applicant and the MPNP.

Once the BPA is signed, the MPNP issues the entrepreneur a Letter of Support. The Letter of Support must be included in the application for a Temporary Work Permit submitted to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Step 6: Operate a Business in Manitoba 

An entrepreneur will be required to provide regular updates on the business's performance and the MPNP may be involved in monitoring the business establishment activities in order to verify whether or not the terms and conditions of the BPA are honored, such as the timeline specified in the BPA, reporting conditions, etc. 

The entrepreneur applicant may schedule appointments with the BCU for assistance, feedback and guidance on establishing the business successfully and accessing business settlement support services as needed. 

Step 7: Receive a MPNP nomination

An entrepreneur applicant who has successfully completed the terms and conditions of the BP will obtain a provincial nomination certificate from the Government of Manitoba. With this nomination certificate, the entrepreneur may apply to IRCC for Canadian permanent resident status. 

Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway Interim Application Process

The Farm Investor Pathway (FIP) replaces the MPNP's previous Farm Strategic Initiative. Similar to entrepreneurs, farm investors must follow seven steps when applying to the program. However, the application process differs from that of the Entrepreneur Pathway. 

Among other Farm Investor Pathway eligibility requirements, prospective applicants must:
  • have a minimum verifiable personal net worth of CAD $500,000;
  • have a minimum of three years (3) farm ownership, as well as experience in managing farm operations supported by verifiable documents; and
  • demonstrate adaptability, specifically relating to practical farming skills, technical knowledge, and experience in technological based farming practices that will transfer directly to Manitoba’s current primary farm production industry.

Step 1: Explore and Research Farm Business in Manitoba 

After reviewing Farm Investor Pathway eligibility criteria to determine whether or not requirements are met, the prospective applicant can begin the application process by conducting a Farm Research Visit to Manitoba. The Farm Research Visit is a mandatory step in the application process. The visit must be conducted no more than a year before the submission of an Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept to the MPNP.

A key feature of the Interest Guidelines is the proposed investment. A prospective applicant must intend to invest a minimum of $300,000 in rural Manitoba.

The farm business investment must meet the following criteria: 

  • The farm investor must live in rural Manitoba on a day-to-day basis;
  • The farm business must be economically viable and be active in primary agricultural production; 
  • The farmland must not be leased to others;
  • The farm investor must manage the farm operation actively on a day-to-day basis.
  • The farm investor must not use a third party or farm manager to run the farm; and
  • The farm investor must not buy a farm for only land value appreciation purposes.

A farm research visit is expected to help a prospective applicant:

  • Collect information and prepare a Farm Business Concept that includes details, such as farmland costs, crop or livestock cost of production, marketing farm production, farm machinery, and equipment, analyzing competition, or investigating customers and farm suppliers.
  • Research information settlement in rural Manitoba, including recreational activities, newcomer services, cost of living and availability of schools for children.

The Farm Research Visit is documented as a report if a LAA is issued to the FIP applicant. Although the MPNP does not provide guidelines for the Farm Visit report, the applicant is required to describe the nature of the activities that took place during the entire visit, including airline tickets, contacts made, hotel receipts, places visited, etc. 

Step 2: Completion of Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept forms

Once a potential candidate completes the Farm Business Visit in Manitoba, the next steps are to complete and submit the Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Forms.

The Interest Guidelines form is where a potential applicant provides self-assessed details about their profile that include their past education, adaptability, farm business experience, language proficiency, and details on personal net worth. The Interest Guidelines form functions like an Expression of Interest (EOI) to apply to the Manitoba Farm Investor Pathway.

Step 3: Submission of Interest Guidelines and Farm Business Concept forms

At this stage, the potential applicant will also be required to submit a complete Farm Business Concept Form. The MPNP will require both forms to be submitted along with the Code of Conduct for Immigration Representatives to be able to screen a prospective applicant's eligibility and potential for successful long-term contribution to rural Manitoba's economic growth. 

The completion and submission of the above-mentioned forms is not an application to the program. It is only candidates who obtain a LAA that can move the next step of submitting an application to the MPNP. 

The following is an outline of what the Farm Business Plan should contain:

Farm Business Operation

  • Describe the proposed farm business or farm operation and include:
  • Farm operation business structure –proprietorship, limited company, etc.
  • Which segment of the agriculture production sector will the proposed farm business operate in? Will the farm operation be focused on crop production, livestock production, mixed farming, apiary, dairy, organic production, poultry, etc.
  • Scale of the farming operation
  • Applicants should identify if they intend to purchase an existing farm operation currently in operation.

Personal Details

  • Education background
    • Does applicants' education relate to the proposed farm business operation?
  • Farming Experience and Adaptability
    • Does the applicant have farm business experience in the proposed business operation?
  • Language skills
    • Language proficiency in English or French

Critical Factors

  • Identify government regulations that will be applicable to the proposed Farm business operation such as environmental regulations, manure management regulations, etc.
  • Are there special crop/livestock insurance requirements?
  • Outline any overall anticipated challenges in addition to those identified above.

Market Analysis

  • Marketing
    • What farm marketing efforts will be required to sell the farm production?
    • What marketing channel will be used to sell or market the farm production?

Resource Requirements

  • Location and distribution
    • What rural area in Manitoba is the applicant proposing for his or her farming operation?
    • Is the planned farm located close to farm suppliers, farm markets, trucking routes?
  • Farm machinery and equipment
    • What type of farm equipment will be required? Is there any special equipment?
  • Suppliers
    • Identify farm suppliers that will supply the crop or livestock inputs and services.
  • Professional Advisors
    • Do you plan to utilize farm marketing advisors or livestock specialists?
  • Human Resource Requirements
  • Applicants must outline their intended role and clearly demonstrate that they will have an active and ongoing day-to-day role in the management of the farm business.

Financial Feasibility and Farm Projections

  • Capital requirements
    • How much capital investment will be required to purchase the farmland and begin farm production? Will there be any leased farmland?
    • How much working capital is required to get the farm business started?
  • Credit requirements
    • Will financing be required? How much?
    • Source of financing? (Financial institutions? Applicant’s Personal Equity?)
  • Breakdown of investment
    • List the total amount of investment.
    • List how the investment will be broken down in terms of investment in tangible assets
    • List personal funds to be invested as well as the amount to be financed (borrowed).
  • Production Estimate
    • Provide production estimates on the intended primary production including input costs, revenue expectations for sold products, balance sheet, and income statement.

Step 4: Submission of a Farm Investor Pathway application 

Individuals must submit a complete Farm Investor Pathway application 120 days following the receipt of a LAA. An applicant must provide all the required documentation and non-refundable application fee. The MPNP may require an applicant to provide a Third-Party Verification Report of the net worth and financial information provided in the EOI. As an applicant, it is important to review the Instructions and Document Checklist to ensure that the application is complete.

Step 5: Assessment of a Farm Investor Pathway application 

The assessment of a Farm Investor Pathway application may include an interview with a MPNP representative to discuss the Farm Business Plan. A letter of approval will contain a Deposit Agreement (contract) that details the requirements of the MPNP. The applicant is required to sign and date the Deposit Agreement and provide the MPNP with a $75,000 CAD deposit.

This deposit is refundable to the applicant once the requirements of the agreement are met. An MPNP representative may issue an applicant a Procedural Fairness letter, which will require the applicant to respond to the representative's concerns within 30 days of receiving the letter. 

Step 6: Obtain Canadian Permanent Residence 

When the MPNP receives an applicant's Deposit Agreement, a nomination certificate will be issued and the farm investor will be able to submit a Canadian permanent residence application to IRCC. 

The MPNP will consistently track the performance of the farm business in accordance with the terms and conditions signed in the Deposit Agreement. 

Step 7: Establish a Farm Business in Manitoba

The farm investor applicant will be required to provide the MPNP with progress reports that capture how the business has been established and that the investment requirements are met.

The farm investor may consult with a Manitoba Business Immigration Officer for information on farm operation and resources that may help in setting up the farm business. Once the MPNP verifies the farm business investment, the CAD $75,000 deposit will be returned to the applicant.

 

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